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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of them, along with how they could make themselves better in order to be even more attractive and offer greater value for money. Win-win. Acting as short term, free troubleshooting consultants GDS ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are often put on hold in the short term as they simply cannot afford the time, money or focus to get them started while still delivering the things they are legally obliged to do. Many times over the ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... faced by the sector at large and the pressures which dictate how much time, energy and money can be spent on this. Essentially, if it were likely to have happened without LGDS it would have happened ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... prevent the exam system from being a means of protecting the position of the middle-classes. Exams can be gamed and those with the money, top schools and ability to support their children can ensure even ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... too are at fault. All too often decisions are made that if a seat or council control is unwinnable that they won’t bother to contest. Yes, this saves money which can perhaps be spent elsewhere, but at ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... doing very little for massive paycheques and wasting fortunes of tax payer’s money. Perhaps this was why he was so ever-eager to give it away to his colleagues. As a friend recently said, the impression ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... gauntlet thrown down. Hack attack Criminals go where the money is, and this is no different online. In the past, cyber criminals have attacked institutions which hold financial information about people ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of £2.3bn in the last financial year despite the coalition's austerity programme. The paper says local authorities have saved money partly through the loss of half a million staff since 2010 - about a ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... as in the councillors. What right do they have to demand money from me if they are not paying it themselves 2)      Surely people are elected as councillors because they care about local services. And ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... alongside the stick social care is regularly battered with. A few observations: ·         Real money is better than virtual or recycled money. Real money can be spent on the care and support people need. ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... project was going badly, they put more money in to ‘try and bring the project back on track’….rather than accepting they had made a horrible mistake. They also made further payments even though Society ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... they were talking about the ability to make money by generating energy, which for some reason sounds familiar… What was discussed was important, but in many ways it all felt far more tactical rather ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... class/middle class/working class sketch, replacing upper class with the voluntary and community sector (“I am made up of the people who really care, who are motivated by higher ideals than money and who ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and the brightest don’t want to work for them long term? And if there is can we do anything about it? I have four theories about this: 1)     1) Money I actually don’t think this is the driving force ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... digitally enabled to get online let alone start saving real money and – more importantly – delivering better services. And perhaps we need to get some of our council leadership out of the town hall and ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... other branch of the public sector), if only to bring the public with us as the relationship between the two groups evolves over time. There’s no money Five years ago there was nothing in the news but ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... box, which is later counted by hand and added up manually. Really?! I used to queue for 45 minutes at the bank and see the bank clerk to pay bills and manage my money, tracking it by writing in a cheque ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... can feel justified in launching new guidance on issues such as regularity of bin collections (this guidance had money attached), parking in town centres and local authority magazines to name but three ...